Re: W3C Successes (RE: W3C Culture and Aims )
Dare Obasanjo wrote: > > Tell me about it, I'm already experiencing this first hand (XQuery > depends on W3C XML Schema). What I find interesting is that Henry T is > equating "new work" with the kind of work a *standards* body is > supposed to be tackling. This seems to be the opposite of what a body > that should be setting "standards" should be doing and it shows in the > current family of technologies coming out of the W3C. Okay, but let's acknowledge market realities: as we've seen many times, when the standards body refuses to take the lead, vendors do. And what happens is that industry's technologies become "de facto standards." This puts "leading vendors" in a position to use their power to redirect the standards landscape unilaterally. Netscape did that with HTML extensions. Sun did that with J2EE. Microsoft et. al. did that with SOAP/WSDL. An even more destructive situation is where two leading vendors try to rest control of the standards from each other as in the HTML wars. In an imperfect world, I prefer a W3C that tries to lead the way. One reason we never saw a war between NetscapeML and MsML is because XML was done before either of them realized they needed a generic markup technology. Let's put it this way: when a standards body creates a specification that doesn't meet people's needs it just disappears quietly. When a big vendor does, it creates a huge amount of costly churn and reinvention. Paul Prescod
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